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BHS juniors, parents offer gift wrapping service to raise post-prom funds

Bluffton High School juniors and their parents will be wrapping Christmas gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 20 in the Bluffton Elementary School gym to raise funds for their post prom activities. Donations will be accepted.

Those wishing to have gifts wrapped may drop off and pick up their items in the gym.

Schwyzerdutsch spoken Dec. 2 at Maple Crest

Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society is hosting a time to speak Swiss with each other on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Family Room at Maple Crest in Bluffton.

Rich Bucher said, "Come and dust off your Swiss language skills and see what you remember of the Schwyzerdutsch!"

The only agenda is to speak Swiss. Refreshments will be supplied. If you have
any questions, phone Bucher at (419) 358-0505 or email him at richardwbucher@yahoo.com

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Ruth Naylor-Wendy Chappell-Dick perform together three times in December

Ruth Naylor and Wendy Chappell-Dick will perform three times together in Bluffton during December.

The performances combine Chappell-Dick's music and Naylor's poetry in text and song to create a dialogue that covers politics, doubt, and faith, all within the setting of the Christmas story.

Chappell-Dick recorded her album “Songs of Forests and Thorns” a few years ago, and Naylor recently published her anthology of "Christmas poems Straw and All."

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Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house Dec. 13

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1-6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season. 

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Mustard Seed Cafe offers burger and brews on Wednesdays

BURGER & BREW FEATURES EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main St. Bluffton, will be featuring a unique burger every Wednesday evening, paired with a craft selection from its craft beer offerings.

This Wednesday the feature is a Reuben Burger, with pastrami, sauerkraut, red onion and house Russian dressing. It is served with potato frites and house Remoulade for dipping. This burger will be paired with Fat Head Brewery's Head Hunter IPA.

Tree of Remembrance memorial service Dec. 7 at Centre

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will be holding a Tree of Remembrance Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Bluffton Centre, 601 N. Main St.

The memorial service is for families and individuals who have lost a loved one this year or in years past.  The ornaments will be hung on the Christmas Tree and given to families at the end of the service.

Krysti's Music Studio students perform in several upcoming recitals

The music students of Krysti’s Music Studio will be showcasing their talents in several upcoming Christmas concerts.

"The students have been practicing and are eager to share their music! Instruments included throughout the recitals will be piano, voice, guitar, strings, and woodwinds.," said Schey.

Performers for Saturday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. at Good Samaritan in Arlington are: Andrew Behrendt, Gracie Breidenbach, Owen Kohli, Eli Lehman, Jacob Lehman, Madison Newcomer, Bekah Rehm, Jonah Rehm, Micah Rehm, and Ian Rex.

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David Greene of NPR radio has Wednesday evening book signing at Jeanne's Kitchen

David Greene of National Public Radio will have a book signing and will speak about his journey into the heart of Russia from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Jeanne’s Kitchen, 112 Vine St., Bluffton.

Greene is host of NPR’s Morning Edition and former NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow. He is also the son-in-law of Peter and Jeanne Previte.

Greene’s book “Midnight to Siberia,” was recently released and is on the New York Times best seller’s list. Copies of his book will be available for sale during the evening.

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Ferguson 'years in the making' says Bluffton professor

The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, hasn’t surprised Dr. Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member.

“This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” says the assistant professor of social work. Paquin lived and conducted research in the area as a graduate student at Washington University in neighboring St. Louis, and revisited his study of black suburban neighborhoods this summer.

Watch out for the bike! Bluffton's on GOBA's 2015 tour route

Bluffton will be a one-day biker's paradise in June.

Bill Gordon, director of The 27th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA),
announced today that the 2015 tour, June 20-27, will feature a route in the northwestern
quadrant of Ohio, including an overnight stop in Bluffton. 

WATCH THE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.

The expected 2,500 riders will start gathering for the tour on Saturday, June 20, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in Van Wert.

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